Electric Motor Repairers


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Electric Motor Repairers

Electric Motor Repairers - Overview

Electric motor repairers maintain and repair electric motors.

Electric motor repairers work on a variety of motors including those found in:

  • Industrial dryers
  • Power tools
  • Generators
  • Transformers

All electric motor repairers do many of the same tasks. They check motors, wiring, and switches, identify problems, and replace or repair parts.

Electric motor repairers look for basic problems first, such as worn or loose parts. They may use meters such as ammeters, voltmeters, and wattmeters to diagnose problems. If a problem is complex or uncommon, repairers refer to service guides.

To fix engines, repairers take them apart using hand or power tools. They may replace batteries, switches, wires, and other broken parts. They make adjustments to fan belts or voltage levels. Once the corrections are made, repairers put engines back together and test them to make sure they work.

Many repairers, called field or service technicians, travel to factories or customer locations to repair equipment. After making repairs, they document their work and what parts they used. These workers carry replacement parts in their truck and restock them at the end of the day.

Some repairers specialize in large equipment such as generators and transformers used in manufacturing. These engines are so large repairers may use a hoist to lift the generator or transformer out to be repaired.

Repairers use safety measures to make sure others cannot turn on machinery while they are working on it. They also turn off power to prevent electric shock.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.